Quotations About / On:
If an Englishman gets run down by a truck he apologizes to the truck.
(Jackie Mason (b. 1931), U.S. comic. Independent (London, September 20, 1990).)
The infant runs toward it with its eyes closed, the adult is stationary, the old man approaches it with his back turned.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (c. 1966). Elements of Physiology, "Death," (written 1774-1780, published 1875).)
A whisper ran along the edge of the dawn.
(Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960), African-American novelist, short story writer, folklorist, playwright and anthropologist. Tell My Horse, ch. 5, J.P. Lippincott (1938).)
General statements omit what we really want to know. Example: "Some horses run faster than others."
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Better to have beasts that let themselves be killed than men who run away.
(Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980), French novelist, dramatist,philosopher, political activist. The Devil and the Good Lord, act 11, sc. 1, Gallimard (1951).)
When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Red and the Black, ch. XII, Levavasseur (1831), trans C.K. Scott-Moncrieff, 1943.)
Man is a jelly which quivers so much as to run about.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. First published in 1912. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 129, E.P. Dutton & Company (1951).)
Evil is like water, it abounds, is cheap, soon fouls, but runs itself clear of taint.
(Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 223 (1951).)
It is said that some Western steamers can run on a heavy dew, whence we can imagine what a canoe may do.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 272, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Compensation," Essays, First Series (1841).)